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Old 09-04-16, 11:30 PM
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Jacob Wetterling's remains found

Anyone else haunted by this case? I was only a couple of years older than this poor child when he was kidnapped. The way in which it occurred was particularly nightmarish, coming during an innocent evening bike ride to the video store with his brother and a friend in rural Minnesota. I am relieved he has finally been recovered. I only hope his suffering was brief.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/03/us/jac...remains-found/
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Jesus, reading the details of the story, I can't imagine it was.
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I remember seeing his case on a few true crime shows over the years. Glad they found him and his parents don't have to wonder anymore.
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truly the stuff of parental nightmares. RIP.
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These stories always shake me up. Because I can remember being that age and riding my bike/walking all over my neighborhood and beyond. Sometimes I was with friends, sometimes I was alone. And while I feel like the area I live in is safe, I don't allow my kids to have the measure of freedom that I had while growing up.
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These stories always shake me up. Because I can remember being that age and riding my bike/walking all over my neighborhood and beyond. Sometimes I was with friends, sometimes I was alone. And while I feel like the area I live in is safe, I don't allow my kids to have the measure of freedom that I had while growing up.
With today's technology, I'd say kids are more safe than ever before. Cell Phones, GPS, Cameras everywhere, Amber Alerts etc. etc.
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I was 2 years younger than him and very close to where it happened. I wasn't allowed out my mom's sight after this for quite a while. It's the first news story I really remember being aware of, probably because it dominated the headlines for months.
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I was 10 when he was kidnapped, and I lived about 30 minutes away from him. The case has always been on my mind, and I'm extremely happy it has finally been solved.
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Shit like this always makes me think GPS implants are not such a bad idea ...
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I'd never heard of this case which is a bit odd as I watch true crime shows quite a bit and while I don't live in Minnesota I hear news from there being in South Dakota. Feel bad for the kid and the family but at least there's closure after all these years.
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Who knows if that guy, who somehow knew the location of the body, didn't keep him as a sex slave for sometime? We can only hope that the guy, if proven guilty, is buried out there in the grave where Jacob's body was discovered. I have seen that case a couple of times, once being within the past few months, and it makes me sick.
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I don't know how to ask this without sounding insensitive, but what movie did they rent?
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http://www.twincities.com/2016/09/03...-kstp-reports/

Answer in this article- it was The Naked Gun. Jacob's friend says he has never watched it and changes the channel if it comes on TV. I had a car accident after taking friends to see that at a theater shortly after getting my driver's license- there were no injuries, but an odd coincidence.
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Looks like the guy who led authorities to the remains, confessed in court that he murdered Jacob.
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Shit like this always makes me think GPS implants are not such a bad idea ...
I'd agree except, you know, the government, hackers, etc.
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http://www.twincities.com/2016/09/03...-kstp-reports/

Answer in this article- it was The Naked Gun. Jacob's friend says he has never watched it and changes the channel if it comes on TV. I had a car accident after taking friends to see that at a theater shortly after getting my driver's license- there were no injuries, but an odd coincidence.
That was always my question whenever they would say they went out to rent a movie.

I live about 30 min from there as well and was in 9th grade when this happened. This was huge news in Minnesota and while I'm not shocked by the outcome I'm glad there will be some closure.

It sounds like the guy that lead them to the remains did so to possibly get better prison placement. This guy was arrested on child pornography charges and may also be responsible for many other molestation cases.

The sad thing is that it takes cases like this for laws and acts to be implemented. Megan's Law, Amber Alerts, and sex offender registration is just a few that come to mind.
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ugh, so the guy admitted it... sexually assaulted the boy, then put a gun to his head and it misfired, reloaded and shot him in the head. damn near worse case scenario shit right there... I'd hate to hear that if I was the parent... even 30 years later.
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It really got to me, reading the details. This case has been a part of most of my life, and while I'm glad it's solved, reading those details really shook me.
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ugh, so the guy admitted it... sexually assaulted the boy, then put a gun to his head and it misfired, reloaded and shot him in the head. damn near worse case scenario shit right there... I'd hate to hear that if I was the parent... even 30 years later.

Yeah, that whole description of what happened was just absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. 30 years later and the parents had to listen to this, I can't even imagine the pain.
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The sick thing about this is that he can't be tried for molesting the other boy despite the connection through DNA. When there is DNA, there should be no statute of limitations, in my opinion. He should be taken out and buried alive.
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Full details of guilty plea:

http://kstp.com/news/danny-heinrich-...rling/4255663/

Heinrich then put Jacob in the back of his car and handcuffed him with his hands behind his back. Heinrich said Jacob asked, “What did I do wrong?
That's just heartbreaking.
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What a scumbag!
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This news was difficult to take in. I was the same age as Jacob give or take a few months and his molestation affected a generation of Minnesotans in how kids were raised - especially those in rural parts of the state - not to mention the national implications it had.

I would periodically check news sources over the past couple decades to see if any progress had been made in the investigation. Some news here and there, but never anything substantial. Yes, this latest update provides closure, but obviously not 'just' closure.

I want and sat on our porch late last night by myself for a moment while my wife and little one were inside. There was a gentle rain, the porch light was on and shining bright above my head - lights illuminating the porches across all the houses on our street actually - and briefly wept.
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We can only hope that the guy, if proven guilty, is buried out there in the grave where Jacob's body was discovered.
He isn't going to be tried for the murder. His plea deal was that if he showed them the remains, he wouldn't be tried. he's just getting done for child porn. The news said this morning his maximum sentence is 20 years. Hopefully someone gets to him on the inside.
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As you can imagine, this has been dominating our news cycle for the last few days (including at the station I work for) and it's such a mixture of relief that he's been found followed by horror at the details about what happened.

I grew up in Iowa and didn't live in Minnesota when this happened but we had another big kidnapping case (Johnny Gosch) that was very similar. It's such scary stuff. I have kids in elementary and middle school and while things really are much safer, it's so hard to let them wander the neighborhood. But we do. We've given then all the "stranger danger" warnings and they have cell phones now where I can see on a map where they are at all times but still, it's hard to let them go.

Side note on Johnny Gosch - I didn't live in West Des Moines when it happened but we moved into a house that was directly across from the corner where he was taken. And in my news job I had to shoot interviews with the mother who maintains that he is still alive and has visited her. Those were tough. There was another boy who disappeared in the same way and I interviewed his father, who claims his current wife (not the boy's mother) speaks to his son telepathically and that he's safe and in Canada. It is such a heartbreaking world to step into.

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